The Game of the Amazons (often called Amazons) is a two-player board game invented in 1988 by Walter Zamkauskas (Argentina).

The objective of the Game of Amazons is to surround larger territory than the opponent using a movement of own pieces and shooting arrows.


The Game of the Amazons is played on a 10x10 board. There are two players: White and Black. Each player has four Amazons.

The initial position of the Amazons is the shown on the following picture:



Players move alternately, starting with the player controlling the white Amazons.

Each move consists of two steps: moving one of the player's Amazons and shooting an arrow  from the target cell.

Any Amazon can be moved exactly as a queen moves in chess, i.e. any number of cells horizontally, vertically or diagonally.  The Amazons cannot jump over other Amazons (of any color) and arrows and cannot land on a cell occupied by the Amazons (of any color) or arrows.

After being moved the Amazon should shoot an arrow from the cell she stands on.  An arrow can be shot horizontally, vertically or diagonally any distance but it cannot cross or land on occupied cells (either by other Amazons of any color or landed arrows).  The cell the arrow lands on is therewith permanently inaccessible.

End of Game

The game ends when one of the players has no legal moves on his turn. The other player wins in this case.

No draws are possible in the Game of Amazons.

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